one of the best obits i’ve ever read. and what a life!
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People usually called him brave, even reckless. He didn’t agree. He was impelled to launch himself into unspoilt rivers simply out of love and compulsion, and because, ever since he had first sat in a kayak, picked up a paddle and found himself alone in wild Nature, he didn’t want to do anything else quite as badly.
When a huge green wall of water towered before him, he would think: “I might possibly shoot through that.” When he heard of high-volume rapids and tumultuous cascades, his reaction was “Yes please.”